Following a major crash during the IndyCar race on Pocono Raceway last afternoon, races Robert Wickens will have surgery later this evening for a spinal cord disease, according to Wickens team.
In the crash of the seventh round, 29-year-old Wickens contacted the Ryan Hunter-Reay car, sent Wickens car up on the wall and into the fence and swung several times over the top of Hunter-Reay and came dangerously close his head before he crashes and struggles over the field.
Several other drivers were involved in the crash, and everyone except Wickens could leave their cars under their own power. Wickens suffered damage to both legs, his right arm, a lung contusion and an injury to his spine, according to AP . Wickens was removed from his car with a head rest and later fled to the hospital and reported to be alert and attentive.
Wickens damage in its entirety and seriousness is unclear and we continue to update on his condition as More information becomes available.
Update: Tuesday 21 August at. 10:25 ET: IndyCar published an update on Wickens, saying he is in stable condition after surgery to "stabilize a thoracic fracture associated with spinal cord injury" from the wreck. Wickens had titanium strings and screws placed in the spine during the surgery, which went smoothly and the severity of spinal cord injury is unknown at this time.
The announcement also said that Wickens is likely to undergo more operations for other fractures and that he is in stable condition. Here is the complete statement, from IndyCar: